IMBA Trail Solutions continues to educate mountain bikers in Europe with the latest trail building school held at Farmer Johns Mountain Bike Park near Manchester, England. Trail Specialist Mark McClure joined 15 members of the Saddleworth Trails Group, Mandale Park BMX track and FJMTB to deliver the two day school.
The groups had sourced funding from MOBISEC, a European funding pot which encourages bicycle use. The money was pledged to assist in training volunteers to manage and maintain trails in the town of Oldham, a partner in the project alongside Murcia, Spain and Varna, Bulgaria.
MOBISEC is a cycling project funded by the European Commission which aims to:
- Promote cycling as the usual mode of transport
- Increase the safety of cyclists and pedestrians
- Promote intermodality
- Increase citizen participation in cycling
Oldham is using a proportion of the budget to fund community engagement projects aimed at increasing existing cycling levels in the borough and encouraging new cyclists. There is also funding for new and upgraded cycle paths as well as cycle counters
The trail building school focussed on building sustainable single track and the volunteers created an exciting new stretch of flow trail within the park. Work was also carried out to maintain other existing trail sections, getting them ready for the annual FJMTB race event on 5th and 6th October. A new jump line was also constructed allowing the race route to traverse the hillside linking two existing tracks. Two further training sessions are planned for the volunteers with a focus on trail inspection and maintenance.